- Page Count: 304
- Release Date: February 21, 2017
- My Rating: 3 stars
Pretty in Pink comes to the South Bronx in this bold and romantic coming-of-age novel about dysfunctional families, good and bad choices, and finding the courage to question everything you ever thought you wanted—from debut author Lilliam Rivera.
THINGS/PEOPLE MARGOT HATES:
Mami, for destroying my social life
Papi, for allowing Junior to become a Neanderthal
Junior, for becoming a Neanderthal
After “borrowing” her father’s credit card to finance a more stylish wardrobe, Margot
Sanchez suddenly finds herself grounded. And by grounded, she means working as an indentured servant in her family’s struggling grocery store to pay off her debts.
With each order of deli meat she slices, Margot can feel her carefully cultivated prep school reputation slipping through her fingers, and she’s willing to do anything to get out of this punishment. Lie, cheat, and maybe even steal…
Margot’s invitation to the ultimate beach party is within reach and she has no intention of letting her family’s drama or Moises—the admittedly good looking but outspoken boy from the neighborhood—keep her from her goal.
Margot stole her dad’s credit card and spent $600 to fit in with two popular girls from her elite prep school, so her dad makes her spend the summer working at his supermarket. She starts out the story wanting to be liked for superficial labels & what she can acquire, but eventually learns how to be real. There’s a variety of strong side characters with their own battles, like her troubled brother and a young former drug dealer who’s now a community activist trying to save a neighborhood from gentrification. There’s also the ongoing problem of who’s stealing money from the store… aaaand everything turns into an intense mess towards the end.
The story mostly felt like a character study of a teen girl figuring out the world, discovering what’s true, and deciding who she’s going to choose to be. I didn’t get a really strong sense of Margot herself, but I still liked her character enough to care about what happened. I would have liked to have seen more in certain areas, though… like I was interested in Moises & his community organizing or the dynamics of Margot’s friendships with the prep school girls versus her old friend. And the story itself ended up being pretty brief.
So it was fine in every aspect, but nothing too exciting or memorable in the end.
Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC!